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Army, Empire, and Cold WarThe British Army and Military Policy, 1945-1971$
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David French

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548231

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548231.001.0001

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Counter‐Insurgency Operations, 1945 to 1956

Counter‐Insurgency Operations, 1945 to 1956

(p.109) 5 Counter‐Insurgency Operations, 1945 to 1956
Army, Empire, and Cold War

David French

Oxford University Press

The British army had been praised for developing in the post‐war era a doctrine to conduct counter‐insurgency operations that allegedly allowed it to wage war amongst the people in a kinder and gentler manner than any other major colonial power. This chapter casts doubt upon the notion that the British army did in fact do this, suggesting instead that the use of exemplary force, not the pursuit of ‘hearts and minds’, was the foundation of the British army's practice.

Keywords:   minimum force doctrine, coercion, counter‐insurgency, discipline and morale

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